Vacation Bible School 2019

July 22-26 From 6:00PM to 8:30PM

July 28th is VBS Sunday

FROM THE MINUTE YOUR KIDS ARRIVE AT THE INCREDIBLE RACE, THEY’LL FIND FUN WAITING TO HAPPEN!

The day begins at the Checkpoint Assembly, a supercharged opening complete with entertaining welcomes, catchy songs, a mission moment, and prayer. Then we’re off to four fun rotation sites.

REFUELING STATION

Here, as the kids receive clues and accept challenges, they’ll discover the tower of Babel account isn’t just ancient history, but incredibly important to how we live today.

RUNWAY CAFE

The snack spot! Kids will enjoy global goodies at this yummy spot while completing food-related challenges.

GLOBE-TROTTING GAMES

The recreation location! At this spot, kids attempt fun physical challenges of international proportions, with games from all over the world!

WORLD-CLASS SCIENCE AND CRAFTS

Electrifying science experiments to perform, creative crafts to invent, high energy songs to sing, and fun memory verse games to play!

After finishing the day’s rotations, everyone heads back to the Checkpoint Assembly for the closing that includes more singing, a Creature Feature, contest results, and the greatly anticipated daily drama which is the highlight of the kids’ day.

So grab your gear and get ready for the race of a lifetime as we embark on The Incredible Race. On your mark, get set, go!

Passionately Committed to Jesus Christ

We all hear the term “being a Christian” or “that is the Christian thing to do”, thrown around very loosely in our Christian circles. The funny thing is that the word Christian or “little Christ” was only ever used three times in the Bible. The Webster dictionary defines the word Christian as , “ One who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ”. While there is no problem with using this term, I am afraid that because of the changing times and the lack of “true Christians” living for Christ, we must look at what we are really called to be. The name Christian today can even just mean a morally good person, or a person with a set of standards that are not longer the socially accepted norm.

The term “disciple” is not new to anyone that has spent very much time in the Bible. No matter what version of the Bible you choose to use, the word “Disciple” is in it at least 255 -280 times. We are not just called to be disciples, which again according to Webster means, “One who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another”,but rather we are called to be Disciples of Jesus Christ. Luke 14:25 is a hard passage for many and this is usually due to lack of understand the passage. In this verse Jesus is asking people that would follow Him to “hate their families” in order to follow Him.

The real meaning of the text is quite simple. Jesus is simply stating that compared to the love we have for Jesus and His work , it should look like we don’t love anyone else comparably. Is this a call from God to not love our families? Absolutely not, Jesus charges us to love,lead and direct our families. But to be a disciple for Jesus should even out shine our love for everyone else. The question you have to ask yourself is simple. Are you a Christian or are you a disciple? 
Pastor Matt

We are about to start a 10-12 week series on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. We hope to see you soon at Believers!

Memorial Day

Many times when we think of Memorial Day, we think about many things that actually have nothing to do with the day itself. It might be the thought of jumping in a pool or a backyard barbeque, but what is Memorial Day really about? Originally called Decoration Day, a day meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War, by the early 1900’s it had become something more.  In 1967 Memorial Day became the name we celebrate it by today and it became a federal holiday in 1971. Unlike Veterans day, which Honors those who are living service men, Memorial day honors those who gave their life for Our Country. Lee Greenwood’s famous patriotic song says,” I’m proud to be an American Where at least I know I’m free , And I won’t forget the men who died ,Who gave that right to me”.

His song should ring true in our hearts. We should be proud to be an American. We should be proud and grateful for the liberties we have because of many brave men and women that  paid that great price. As Christians how do we really honor those who gave their life so that we can be free? I guess the same should be asked for how to we honor Jesus for the life that He gave as well. The soldier gave his life so that we can learn about Jesus freely. Jesus gave His life so that we can all be free. Let us honor,pray, and lift up those families who have had a love one die for our freedoms.

Mothers Day 2019

Where would we be without moms? This is an age old question with the same answer. What is a mom to you? Is she your stability? Is she your rock? For some, they never knew their moms and for others, their moms have long since past. And yet for others there never seems to be enough time to spend with their mothers.

Proverbs 31 brings to light the beauty and importance that a godly mother is to her family. The Bible says in Proverbs 31: 28-31 ” Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Billy Gram said, “ Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” We live in an ever changing world where confusion over genders and roles in the home is ever present and combative at best. The climate of our days says that men and women should have the same rolls and the same jobs. That there is no difference between a man and a woman. I must say, with all clarity ,that there is no one more suited or has so much power and responsibility in the home than a godly mother who puts her faith and trust in God first and foremost. The likes of the power that mother possess to mold the world, is not matched by anything you could imagine.

– Pastor Matt

Don’t Panic

2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

April 30, 2019. Another day of tragedy in American history. It seems all too familiar to hear the devastating news that there has been another school shooting. More innocent lives lost, more injured. As parents, grandparents, students, teachers, and citizens, we are obviously all concerned. What is wrong with our county? What is going to happen us? How will keep our kids safe? What are we going to do? Questions like these, plague our thoughts, minds and conversations. We watch as the story unfolds before our eyes on national media and we find ourselves overcome with grief, anxiousness and panic. 

As Christians, it is not wrong to be concerned about the welfare of our nation and our society, but that concern should quickly be translated to prayer on our knees. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” God wants us to pray for our county. It is our duty, our command our privilege. We have the privilege of bringing our nation before the very throne of God. 

We must be careful that we do not allow our concern to turn into panic. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” When Paul penned these word to Timothy, he had some experience with needing God’s peace during difficult times. First, Paul was subject to Nero, the man who used to lite his gardens with burning Christians. Second, Paul had just recently spent some time in prison when he wrote these words to Timothy. Although he knew what unpleasant, scary and unstable circumstances looked like, he still chose to exhort us to put our rest in God. When you start to panic, remember that God has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.

– Pastor Matt